|–David Foster Wallace||This Is Water||24:00|
|–Amy Wallace-Havens||This Is Water||23:00|
|HBG/WAX001||David Foster Wallace||This Is Water (LP, Ora)||Hachette Digital||HBG/WAX001||US||2018|
|HBG/WAX001||David Foster Wallace||This Is Water (LP, Blu)||Hachette Digital||HBG/WAX001||US||2018|
David Foster Wallace's remarkable 2005 commencement speech, this is water, is a timeless trove of wisdom for living a meaningful life. Here is a full transcript along with audio. Greetings parents and congratulations to Kenyon’s graduating class of 2005. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says Morning, boys. How’s the water? And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes What the hell is water? This is a standard requirement of US commencement speeches, the deployment of didactic little parable-ish stories.
David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American writer and university professor in the disciplines of English and creative writing. His last novel, The Pale King (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012.
David Foster Wallace, the brilliant voice of a generation, boils down everything he has learned about life in a profound and witty manifesto. Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion?
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In 2005, David Foster Wallace delivered the This is Water commencement speech at Kenyon College. I’ve studied and written about the most viewed commencement speeches in the past, but this one is special. In just over 20 minutes, he covers the unsexy yet very real realities of day-to-day adult life. The graduating audience appears to laugh at various times in the speech, but I don’t think David Foster Wallace intended for any of it to be humorous. He’s calling out the default setting of the unconscious human minds that are all too common in mainstream society
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David Foster Wallace's iconic 2005 Kenyon College graduation address. r-wallace/ Part 2 here
In 2005, David Foster Wallace addressed the graduating class at Kenyon College with a speech that is now one of his most read pieces. When Wallace died, on September 12th, the water churned. His life has a lot of footnotes: A professor at Amherst remembers Wallace, who babysat his kids, and the writer’s virtuosic senior year at the college.